verb (used with object)

  1. to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).
  2. Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.

verb (tr)

  1. to take (food or liquid) into the body
  2. (of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)

1610s, from Latin ingestionem (nominative ingestio) “a pouring in,” noun of action from past participle stem of ingerere (see ingest).


1610s, from Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere “to throw in, pour in, heap upon,” from in- “into” (see in- (2)) + gerere “to carry” (see gest). Related: Ingested; ingesting.


  1. The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.
  2. The taking in of particles by a phagocytic cell.

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